Elfin Cove

Region: Inside Passage

Fishing near Elfin Cove

Beautiful, quaint and out-of-the-way, Elfin Cove lies half hidden on the northern shore of Chichagof Island, 85 miles west of Juneau.

About Elfin Cove

Boardwalks connect buildings and homes in this community of only 20 year-round residents that sits across from Glacier Bay National Park near the rich fishing grounds in Cross Sound. Elfin Cove’s boardwalks are built on pilings as are many of the homes. Surrounded by the Tongass National Forest, the community becomes active during the summer when local businesses serve the commercial fishing fleet, and guests fill the sportfishing lodges.

Things to do

Visitors are attracted to the area’s stunning scenery, wildlife, world-class sportfishing and the adventure of visiting such an isolated community. Fishermen are drawn to year-round fishing for halibut, ling cod, rockfish and salmon. Kayaking the protected waters of Chichagof Island is also popular, along with viewing wildlife, hiking and beachcombing. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is a short boat ride from Elfin Cove. Port Althorp Bear Preserve, the Port Althorp Cannery site and the World War II cannon emplacement on George’s Island are all within 20 minutes by boat as well.

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